Samsung sues Apple in South Korea over iOS Notifications feature

“According to BrightWire, a business-to-business resource for portfolio managers, the Korean online news site iNews24 is reported today that ‘Samsung Electronics has brought a lawsuit against Apple in a court in South Korea over its ‘Notification Center’ patent infringement,'” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The delay in launching the lawsuit may have been due to Google’s patent pending notification patents not being officially granted,” Purcher reports. “However, that changed last month when one of their notification patents was indeed granted under the title ‘Priority inbox notifications and synchronization for mobile-messaging application.’ This may have been enough for Samsung to get the lawsuit rolling.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shouldn’t Google be the one suing Apple, not Samsung? It’s Google’s patent, not Samsung’s. This is like a regional McDonald’s franchisee suing Burger King over Big Mac knockoffs; wrong guy filed the lawsuit.


  1. I don’t like Sansung any more. I used to buy their monitors and cameras. My last monitor how ever was a ViewSonic and my next camera will be a Nikon or Sony. Samsung is just ridiculous.

    1. Yes. She has applied for a “visiting scholar” visa and will probably ask the court to be an “ad litem” judge so she can lend her vast experience relating to Apple/Samsung litigation.

    1. Joel, are you a complete prat or do you just act like one?
      Samdung is the infringer/copier Apple is the infringed upon Victim. Simple, VICTIM sues INFRINGER.

      In this case the same does not apply and MDN is correct and you are a moron.

    2. Apple is using its own patents to sue Samsung and others. Samsung (and previously HTC), in this case, is using Google’s patents (borrowed mostly) to sue Apple. Samsung had previously used their own patents (many of them are FRANDs) against Apple.

      Meanwhile, Apple could sue Google but since Google is not profiting directly from Android, the incentive is greater for Apple to sue those who are profiting directly first. I hope the distinction is clearer to you now.

      I’m no legal expert, but I think Apple (or one of its rich friends) can now take advantage of the new law and anonymously demand the USPTO to investigate and hopefully invalidate this Notification patent by Google. Also, there might be plenty of prior art on this.

    3. The fool here is obviously not MDN. Apple does not sue Google only because they do not directly profit from the IP theft. It is next to impossible to make them paying money.

      If Google thinks that Apple stole their IP, there is no reason why Google does not do it themselves.

  2. Let’s see if Samsung gets the same shitty treatment in their home country as Apple did in theirs. Maybe we can get a judge from Westchester to preside over the case?

  3. It actually makes sense that the handset manufacturers file the lawsuit instead of Google. Since Google doesn’t make money directly from Android, it would be hard for them to claim financial damages. I expectthe other manufacturers to follow suit (no pun intended).

  4. Why is everyone assuming Samsung is using Google’s notification patent? It’s entirely possible that they have their own patent and were just waiting to see what Google’s patent contained when published.
    Anyways…I thought iOS notifications was a web app?

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